Just get started. No, seriously. There’s no time like the present and the more you put it off, the harder it will be to get motivated. Include History: the history of you, your coven (if you’re in one), how you got into your current path, etc. When something works, document it. – Include the intention of the spell, materials needed/used, instructions/words used with the spell, and the results. Also document when something DOESN’T work – it can be important to figure out where you went wrong. Start writing down the purpose of your spells. Make detailed notes on what you use. including substituted materials, if any, and why. Besides words or spoken things, note any gestures or movements as well. Also include the phase of the moon, if you’d like, or sun, time of day, and any spirits or deities present.
Supplementary materials in a book of shadows that has meaning for you and can be used at a moment’s notice in various rituals.
Calls and Charges
A call is an invitation to an deity (or spirit) to attend a ritual, and it’s a part of some witch rites. Charges are good to use in place of a call, if the mood strikes. (The word charge is actually an old masonic term and refers to a set of instructions.)
Others things you can note in your Grimoire:
Witch Words/Terms (List and/or meanings)
Witch word examples:
Athame ( a knife used for rituals or spells)
Mabon (Autumn Equinox / Sabbat , as of the 1970′s)
Cowan (from free masonry) – ( means a non – witch)
DEDICATIONS and DEITIES
Many witches connect with particular deities and god – forms and will often dedicate a part of their “book of shadows” or grimoires to these goddesses or gods.
You might include information on your relationship with a particular deity , such as when they first approached you (or vice versa). and what that means to you.
The history of you, your practice, your coven, etc.
Today I’ll be reviewing a book called “Of Witchcraft and Whimsy – A Beginner’s Guide to Witchcraft” by Rose Orriculum – @orriculum , here on Tumblr.
You can find their book on Amazon [ here ]. Which is where I purchased my copy (see below) for around $5, not including the shipping cost.
It is a paperback book, for those who wish to note that. The title cover is really pretty and I was happy with the condition of my copy when it arrived, new, fresh, and clear. It’s also super cute with the plants on the cover, in my personal opinion.
The table of contents is clean, well-formatted, and the names of the chapters are indeed fun and also easy to understand. It has a pretty thorough index at the beginning, which nicely outlines the kind of contents to expect, as far as topics, and is nicely detailed for such a fairly thin and short book.
It gives a nice introduction to the craft to those new or just beginning, while also giving a nice refresher to those who might have otherwise forgotten what some questions those starting out might have. It’s impartial but honest, and the opening feels a little like a Q & A session, between you and the author, which I really like and find refreshing. It is a really nice introduction to what to expect, in reactions and falsehoods you might find floating around in information, what not to do (as far as the basics of appropriation), some basics of religion in witchcraft, what Wicca actually is, covers basic terms to know, and so much more. It also goes over the basics of casting a spell, tools, building or making of said tools, imbued powers, basics of tea and candle magic, and altars in witchcraft. It also includes some spells you can incorporate for yourself and nice correspondences as well as warnings, such as what could possibly go wrong. It has a healthy overview and a friendly tone in the text itself, without ever seeming to talk down to you, informing you, without ever looking down or excluding you from what you need.
I definitely recommend this book, especially if you’re just starting out. It’s a great introduction to witchcraft for new and old practitioners, and it is well written.